It looks like clean energy is better for jobs than dirty old coal! The solar industry employs 143,000. Wind power employed another 80,000. Together, wind and solar energy workers far outnumber all the estimated workers in coal mining, transportation, and coal plant operation. In contrast to the rapidly growing solar and wind sectors, 151 coal mines were idled in the second half of 2013, with a loss of 2600 mining jobs. Coal is very dirty and cannot compete with wind and natural gas if the industry is made to conform to the Clean Air Act.
Here is a video about a new solar farm, compliments of Common Dreams, who turned me on to this story.